Man claims he was sexually abused by priest, considers lawsuit against Providence Diocese

NBC 10 News

September 23, 2019

By Michelle San Miguel

Robert Houllahan was about 8 years old when he said a Roman Catholic priest sexually assaulted him in the late 1970s.

Houllahan, 50, is considering suing the Diocese of Providence after the statute of limitations was recently extended for victims of sexual abuse.

During a news conference Monday, Houllahan said he was in Sunday school at St. Joseph’s Church in Providence around 1977-1978 when a nun took him out of class and took him upstairs to where Father Normand Demers lived.

“When I got upstairs, there was Normand Demers and another man there. They assaulted me. It was demeaning. It was terrible,” Houllahan said.

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